Eif­fel Tower to close on Satur­day amid Paris riot

Fiji Sun - - World News - Paris: BBC

The Eif­fel Tower in Paris is to close on Satur­day amid fears of fur­ther street vi­o­lence from “yel­low vest” antigov­ern­ment protests.

Across France, 89,000 Po­lice of­fi­cers will be on duty and ar­moured ve­hi­cles will be de­ployed in the cap­i­tal, Prime Min­is­ter Edouard Philippe an­nounced. Po­lice have urged shops and res­tau­rants on Paris’s Champs-El­y­sees to shut down and some mu­se­ums will also be closed. Paris saw some of the worst ri­ot­ing in decades last Satur­day.

The gov­ern­ment has said it is scrap­ping un­pop­u­lar fuel tax in­creases in its bud­get - the orig­i­nal trig­ger for the protests.

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